The final of the Million Dollar Race SAMDR took place on 3rd of February in Sun City, South Africa. The pigeons of Freddy and Jacques Vandenheede were always at the front of the race, winning a 5th and 6th prize in the final over 521km.

The SAMDR in South Africa is regarded as one of the hardest and most prestigious one loft races worldwide. The winning pigeons are usually very strong racing birds with plenty of strength, and they generally originate from long distance bloodlines. And this is why the pigeons of such renowned long distance fanciers as N. & F. Norman, Gaby Vandenabeele, Gerard Koopman and Chris Hebberecht have achieved some historic results on South African soil.

We reported earlier on that this year’s Ace Pigeon title was won by Return Flojo, a pigeon bred by Pieter Veenstra based around several long distance bloodlines, bred from a crossing of a Pieter Veenstra hen (sister Dolca Vita) and a cock of Chris Hebberecht. He comes from a son of Ike x sister Champion, or a crossing of a 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB x a 2nd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB.

Other top prizes in the final race were won by the noble long distance bloodlines of Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede from Zingem; they claimed a 5th and 6th prize in the final, a race of 521km.

5th place in final SAMDR

The 5th place was won by a youngster of Miss Marsupilami 15-89538 of F.B.I-Racing & Breeding (Ireland). The sire of this Miss Marsupilami is Daapel BE11-4289698a direct Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede, bred from Mastodon BE07-4093204 (the sire of Ace Marsupilami I and II: 2nd and 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon Extreme Long Distance YLs respectively in 2014, and a son of top breeder Sjah BE02-4478695, one of the most talented sons of the iconic breeder Limoges De Rauw-Sablon) x Alisia BE09-4035302 (winner of a 1st Prov. Vierzon 3,614 p.). The dam of Miss Marsupilami is Future National BE08-4334596, from Daniel Aerens from Drongen (a daughter of a 1st Nat. Montélimar, herself a full sister of a 1st Intnat. St. Vincent paired to a grandson of a 1st Nat. Pau – Van der Wegen).

6th place in final SAMDR

The 6th place was won by Chinese champion He Bin, with a direct pigeon of Freddy & Jacques Vandenheede. The pigeon that won this top prize is called Flatwater BE17-4200429, bred from the sire of Fantast, winner of a 1st Nat. Libourne 6,134 p. in 2013: Boss Simonne BE11-4244384. He comes from the world famous bloodline of Topkweker Freddy. He is a son of Raipipon BE01-4483224 (a grandson of top pair Antigoon x ’t Krijt: the parents of Topkweker Freddy De Rauw-Sablon, and then Pros Roosen) x Simonne BE07-4093286 (winner of a 1st Nat. Bourges 27,506 p. in 2009).
The dam of Flaterwater is Angie BE14-4000004, winner of a 22nd Prov. Villemandeur 5,156 p., a 39th Prov. La Souterraine 6,205 p., a 48th Prov. Bourges 4,930 p., and an 81st Prov. Chateauroux 5,641 p. Angie is a daughter of Super Champ BE07-4093015 (8th Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB) x Darya BE10-4101084, winner of a 1st Prov. Bourges 2,031 p. and a 5th Nat. Bourges 12,607 p. Darya is a daughter of Triggerfinger BE07-4093269 (1st Prov. & 3rd Nat. Ace Pigeon Long Distance KBDB ’09) x Mariska BE07-4045034 (1st Nat. Argenton).

There is no getting around a top class breed

The Vandenheede racing pigeons feel particularly at home in good racing weather, where the pigeons have to work hard (speeds of 1300 m/min or lower). The world class pigeon breed from Zingem was again outstanding in 2017, and this showed in their title of General Champion of  Belgium KBDB 2017. The Vandenheede breed has now shown their potential in South Africa as well, claiming a 5th and 6th prize in the final of the SAMDR Million Dollar Race in Sun City. It is no secret that the team of Freddy & Jacques Vndenheede is a world class breed, and they demonstrated this again in South Africa.


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